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Giselinde Kuipers

Professor of Cultural Sociology
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Chair, Sociology Department, University of Amsterdam

Research affiliations: the
Cultural Sociology program group at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS).

Teaches in: Bachelor, Research Master and PhD programs in sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Principal Investigator, Towards a Comparative Sociology of Beauty (ERC Starting grant, 2010-2015)


The Sociology of Beauty project is currently made into a webcomic, as part of the ERCcomics project.

The website of the Sociology of Beauty project now contains downloadable versions of (almost) all publications from this project. It also also contains many materials related to methods and data, including codebooks, research instruments, methodological appendices, etc. See: www.sociologyofbeauty.nl

In October 2016, I held a TED talk on 'Beauty and inequality' at TEDx Brussels. The talk can be viewed here.

A new, updated and revised paperback edition of Good Humor, Bad Taste has been published in 2015. For more information click on the new cover:



Research interests:
cultural sociology and sociology of culture, social theory, media studies, comparative-historical sociology, process sociology, globalization and transnational culture, culture and inequality, sociology of beauty and the body, humor, media, television, translation, taste, cultural industries and production of culture, popular culture, bicycle, research methods, especially mixed methods & comparative methods

M.A. (cum laude), cultural anthropology, Utrecht University (1995)

PhD (cum laude), sociology, University of Amsterdam (2001)

                                                                                                                               (Photograph courtesy of Bob Bronshoff.)